Pollom -- Alfred Roy 1931 - 2003
Alfred Roy Pollom of Drumheller, Alberta passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on August 5, 2003. Alf is survived by his wife Marion; brother Gerald; daughter Jackie; son Allan (Susan); daughter Agnes (Richard); and his beloved dog Boots. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Michelle, Allan, Raelene, Richard, Riley, Jessica and Anna, all who loved him beyond words. Alf was predeceased by his father Lawrence and mother Agnes Pollom, as well as his brothers Ray, Ken and Frank Pollom. Alfred was born at the Daysland Hospital on December 14, 1931 to a farming family. He grew up with a love for animals, a love of farming and a desire to work. After farming for several years Alf moved on to become a roughneck and eventually a consultant / engineer for various companies in the oilfield industry. Alf shared with his family a passion for antiques, a love of flowers and an appreciation for life of all kinds. It is difficult to describe how much we will miss him. Rest easy husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. We love you, we miss you and we will remember you always. A celebration of Alfredıs life was held at the Drumheller Elks / Falcon on August 9, 2003. Donations can be made to the following -- Canadian Cancer Society or Calgary Humane Society.
Cole -- Ken 1927 - 2003
Ken Cole passed away suddenly in his home on August 11, 2003, at the age of 75 years. Ken is survived by Winn, his best friend and wife of fifty-one years, his daughter Patty Hanson of Stettler, his sons Don Cole of London, Ontario and Douglas Cole (Marj) of Calgary, his seven grandchildren; Scott Hanson (Darcy) of Calgary, Charlisa Hanson of Calgary, Michael Hanson of Stettler, Matthew Cole of London, Ontario, Brady Cole of London, Ontario, Jessica Cole of Calgary and Brian Cole of Calgary, and his cousin Gordon Kilburn (Aira) of Whiterock, B.C. Ken was born in Drumheller on September 17, 1927. He was employed at the Caterpillar Dealer until his retirement in 1981. Ken was a member of the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and a former member of Grace Presbyterian Church, having served as an elder and member of both choirs for a number of years. His life was marked by his generosity and interest in others, always lending a helping hand. He had deep religious beliefs and a strong faith in God which was a great source of comfort for him and his family. Ken will be terribly missed and will be mourned by his family and many friends. Funeral Services were held at Grace Presbyterian Church, (1009 - 15 Avenue S.W.) on Friday, August 15, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. To forward expressions of sympathy go to www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In appreciation, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Ken's memory to a charity of the donor's choice. In living memory of Kenneth Cole, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., CALGARY, AB T2S 2L5. TELEPHONE -- (403) 243-8200.
Morrison -- Harry Edwin 1918 - 2003
Harry Edwin Morrison was born August 30, 1918 at Delia, Alberta. He passed away August 15, 2003. Harry attended Starland School. Harry married Doris Jensen on November 29, 1943. They had two children, Keith and Jean. Harry farmed all his life. He enjoyed playing cards. Harry leaves to mourn Keith of Delia and Jean and Barry of Didsbury; his sister Joyce (Jack) Lawrence of Kelowna, B.C.; brother Jack (Joan) Morrison of Delia; sister-in-law Thelma (Buch) Braunberger of Drumheller; brother-in-law Frank West and friend Vivian of Stettler; brother-in-law Ken Jensen of Calgary; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Doris, his parents French and Lillian Morrison and brother Mike. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at Delia United Church at 2:00 p.m. Interment followed at the Delia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to STARS, Delia United Church or your choice. Arrangements in care of Courtney - Winter's Funeral Chapel, Drumheller.
Sidorchuk -- Mary
Mary ascended into the hands of God comfortably and peacefully under the gracious care of the staff of 6100 at Royal University Hospital on Monday, August 11, 2003. Mary was born and raised in Drumheller. Later she married and moved to the farming community of Verwood, Saskatchewan. She leaves behind, who will always dearly keep a place in their heart for Mom and Grandma, are daughter Patricia McAvoy, son-in-law Jim and three grandchildren, Keegan, Alekcei and her precious Kelly-Anne. Mom was a very independent, private and caring person. Her love for fine art work, needlework, embroidery and collectibles will forever be adorned and admired. A unique plate collection will be cherished and admired. Mary spent countless hours in making home and environment of warmth, love and beauty. Her greatest love was indeed her family to whom she dedicated her life. Mary will return to her original birthplace, Drumheller, Alberta. A private family ceremony will take place in Saskatoon. Surrounded by angels in her life, she will forever be surrounded by angels in death. Arrangements are entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME, 244-5577.
Slater -- Gary John 1954 - 2003
Gary John Slater, beloved father of Justin Ross and Gary Slater Jr., passed away suddenly in Regina, August 5, 2003. Gary will be lovingly remembered by his brothers and sisters, Guy (Kathy) Brian, Dan (Shayan), Linda (Chick), Gwen (Larry) and Penny. Gary was born September 27, 1954 in Canmore to Stan and Beryl Slater. He is predeceased by his father in 1962 and his mother in October 2002. He spent a good part of his life in the Canmore area. He worked in the coal mines and in later years the Exshaw Lime Plant. He also lived a number of years in Drumheller. Gary was very proud of his two sons and cherished the time he spent with them. Gary enjoyed playing cards with his family till the wee hours of the morning. He loved to read, play pool, ping pong, horseshoes and ride his motorbike. He will always be remembered for lending a helping hand when called upon. He was always there with a big smile and a good joke. A memorial service was held in Regina on August 12. Gary will be laid to rest beside his mother in the Rowley Cemetery on the 23rd of August at 11:00 a.m. Gary will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him.
Hamilton -- Theresa April 6, 1948 - August 21, 2003
There are people in this life that make an everlasting impression on those around them and we will always remember Theresa as the most warm, strong and caring gift that anyone ever received.
It is with great sadness and sorrow that we announce that our dearest Theresa has lost her courageous battle with breast cancer. Her endearing spirit will always be remembered as a guiding beacon for those she loved and touched by her true compassion. Theresa leaves her loving husband Gerry; her sons Craig (Urai), Warren (Christie); her daughter Heather (Matthew); and her step-daughter Elizabeth. She also leaves behind her mother Lorraine Ferguson; three sisters Rita (Don) Phelps, Joanne (David) Morrison, Roberta (Bill) Fogg; and her four brothers Ken (Nelda), David (Debbie), Gordon (Sharon) and Rod; as well as many nieces and nephews. Theresa also leaves her faithful dogs, Webster and Chloe.She was predeceased by her father, Jim Carter in 1998. Theresa was one of the finest educators ever to enter a classroom. She was a true professional in every aspect of the word. She treated each individual with respect and compassion. Her career spanned three decades at St. Anthony's School in Drumheller at all subject levels. She gave to each of her students the gift of abundant love and the joy of learning. Her classroom was a true joy to enter and all her students returned the love she so generously expressed. Theresa had such an amazing love for life and all God's creations. Whenever anyone, person, plant or animal needed rescue, Theresa would welcome them and open her heart and home. Her laughter and kind words will echo in our memories forever more. Theresa touched the lives of everyone who knew her. The world is truly a better place for having her in it. The family would like to thank everyone at the Drumheller Community Care Cancer Centre for the excellent care that they provided to Theresa during her lengthy struggle. Prayer Service was held at St. Anthony's Church in Drumheller at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 24. Funeral Services were held Monday, August 25 at 11 a.m., also at St. Anthony's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Drumheller Community Care Cancer Center and/or to the Canadian Breast Cancer Society in Theresa's name.
Helmer -- (nee Chomos) Theresa Marie
Theresa Marie (nee Chomos) of Lethbridge, formerly of Drumheller, passed away suddenly at home on Friday, August 22, 2003 at the age of 41 years. Besides her husband, she is survived by three children and one grandchild. Theresa is survived by five brothers and five sisters. She was predeceased by her daughter Jennifer in 1989, and her parents Steve Chomos in 1976 and Elaine Chomos in 2003. Funeral services will be held in Lethbridge on Friday, August 29, 2003.
Kloppenburg -- Maria Henriette April 1, 1900 - August 12, 2003
It is with deep sadness that we wish to announce the passing of Maria Kloppenburg, daughter of General and Mrs. Bleckmann, beloved wife of Charles Kloppenburg. Maria passed away quietly at her home in Drumheller after a brief illness. Maria was born at Kota Radja, Sumatra, April 1, 1900. Her father was stationed there at the time. She has lived in Java, Holland and 53 years in Drumheller, Alberta. Maria was predeceased by her husband Charles in 1962 and all of her 8 brothers and sisters. She leaves to mourn, her daughter Mary-Lou of Drumheller; her sisters-in-law Hermaine Martyn of Waterloo, Ontario and Mia Bleckmann of Belguim; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends in Canada, United States, Holland and Belgium. Mother had and has a loving and generous heart and helped many people on the way - family, friends, strangers, good friends - all helped her on her way too. In her own family, Maria was known as the "Peacemaker" and also as Maria (Mariette) with the "Golden Heart". Maria faced many hardships in her life, including the World War II years in Java, where Dad was a P.O.W. (Prisoner Of War) under the Japanese occupation. Mother met all hardships with prayer, and an indomitable courage. Mother was a woman of deep faith. She loved our Lord, Mother Mary and her church. Mother had a sharp mind and was interested in everything until the very end. Mother loved music, flowers, gardening and children - she looked after many children in the Valley. She belonged to St. Anthony's Church Choir and C.W.L. for 40 years and was a hostess at Pioneer Trail for 18 years. Mother had a great love for animals. In the later years, Mother never complained about diminished mobility or increasing dependency or other stresses that come from growing very old. She was a mighty prayer warrior, prayer partner and intercessor and saw that as her greatest calling. I and the family and your dear friends will miss you, Mom. We love you. We know you will continue to pray. Au Revoir - Mary-Lou, daughter. Funeral service mass was held August 18, 2003 at 1 p.m. at St. Anthony's with Father Daniel Stevenot officiating.
Newman -- Bruce
Mr. Bruce St. Clair, beloved husband of Joye Newman of Coleman, Alberta, passed away peacefully on September 20, 2003 at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre at the age of 76 years. At the request of Bruce, a gathering will be held to honor and celebrate his life at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #9, in Coleman, AB on September 25, 2003 with family and friends. In his memory, donations may be made to the Alberta Childrenıs Hospital, #300, 1021 - 10th Avenue, S.W., Calgary, AB T2R 0B7; or to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29th Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2. Fantinıs Funeral Chapel of Blairmore, Alberta entrusted with arrangements. 403-562-8555.
Sibbald -- Perce 1913 - 2003
Perce passed away quietly Tuesday evening, September 16, 2003 in Drumheller Continuing Care surrounded by members of his family. Born in Stoughton, Saskatchewan on October 29, 1913, Perce was the second of five boys born to O.G. and Margaret Sibbald. He is survived by his children; Judy (Louis) Lamothe of Spruce Grove; Wendy (Allan) Siebel of Munson, Bruce (Denise Zubko) of Sherwood Park, Blair (Ann) of Spruce Grove, Marylea (Frank) Lowen of Drumheller, Dianne Sibbald of Sherwood Park and grandchildren; Greg and Valerie Lamothe, Jocelyn McDowell, Garth (Sandra) Siebel, Graeme (Suzie) Seibel, Steven (Chris) Seibel, Shauna (Darcy) Jensen, Matthew, Cameron and Robyn Sibbald; Heather, Patrick, Jennifer and Michael Sibbald; Chris (Heather) Lowen, Camille (Jamie) Leblanc, Amber Lowen, Kelly McDowell; and seventeen great-grandchildren; Daniel, Jeffrey and Christopher Seibel, Kameron and Devin Seibel, Taylor and Matthew Seibel, Laura, Katie and Eric Jensen, Zachary and Julianna McDowell, Emily, Mackenzie and Ethan Lowen, and Brady and Kassidy Leblanc. Also surviving are one brother, George (Jean) Sibbald of Saskatoon, sisters-in-law; Helen McDonald of Calgary, Letty Sibbald of Drumheller, Pearl Sibbald of Munson, and many nieces and nephews. Perce was predeceased by his parents, O.G. and Margaret Sibbald, his wife Winona, three brothers, Orman, Ken and Ernie and two infant great-grand-daughters, Kristen and Katherine Seibel. Reviewing the previous list of names is a little like reciting the book of Genesis but family was what Perce was all about. He worked very hard to provide for his family, taking several jobs to assure that they were well cared for. As well as farming land adjacent to the town of Munson, he also installed propane stoves, performed Sheriff duties, drove school bus and cleaned the school in Munson. When the position of grain-buyer for the UGG became open in the mid-fifties, he took that job and spent a few decades serving the farming community of Munson. He also served for some time as secretary-treasurer for the Big Country Gas Co-op and the Senior's Lodge in Drumheller. Perce was very good with his hands and left many examples of his handmade furniture -- a tall 'Grandmother' clock, many footstools, intricate fretwork, picture frames, cross-stitch, hooked rugs and the likes. Having renovated their first house across the street from the Munson United Church, as well as the UGG house, he went on to build their final home in Munson which he and Winona left in 1994 to take up residence in the Seniors' cottages in Drumheller. Dad had an acute awareness of what he considered to be his community responsibilities, serving the village as secretary-treasurer for many years. He was active in the United Church and in his later years was also in on the ground floor planning and building for the now-famous Passion Play in Drumheller. Another of Perce's interests was music. He always encouraged the family members in their musical endeavors and even spent several of his middle years playing the trombone in the local band in Rosedale. He enjoyed singing and sang in several church and community choirs. In his middle years, he came across a replica of the first car he ever owned, a 1926 Chev, and spent several years restoring everything from the chassis on up to the upholstery. Perce will be remembered as a man of high principles...both for himself and for his family. In the words of a birthday card bought in readiness for his upcoming 90th birthday --
If these walls could talk, they would speak of a man
Who has worked with great heart to accomplish his plan.
They'd speak of the times that heıs prayed in the night
For the strength to go on and to do what is right.
They'd speak of sweet moments of laughter and fun,
The times with his children, his love for each one.
Oh, if they could talk, it would just be the start
Of a story of love; a great man and his heart.
Memorial Services were held at the Knox United Church on Saturday, September 20, 2003 with Reverend James Clark officiating. Together in death as they were in life, Perce was interred with his wife, Winona in the Munson Cemetery following the service with family and friends in attendance. Courtney-Winterıs Funeral Chapel was in charge of the funeral arrangement. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation or to a charity of their choice.
Stocco -- Pearl Viola
Pearl Viola Stocco passed away peacefully on August 25, 2003 in Chilliwack, B.C. at the age of 84 years in the loving company of her children. She was predeceased by her loving husband Jim of 50 years in 1994 and by her son Donny in 1972. Pearl will be forever remembered for her great love of family and friends and for her strength, determination and kind heart. She completely devoted her life to her family and remains as an inspiration to everyone she met. She was a long-time resident of Drumheller, where she lived throughout her married life of 50 years. Drumheller was her adopted home and was the place where she raised her children. Her knitting skills were widely renowned and many newborn babies have worn her wonderful creations. Gentle by nature, she was nonetheless fiercely competitive while passionately playing cribbage or scrabble. She loved life and viewed everything and everybody as an experience to be savored and enjoyed to the full. Even in the face of mounting health issues over the recent years, she remained boundlessly optimistic and ever cheerful. Her outlook on life was from a simple, child-like perspective, unclouded by criticism and prejudice. Pearl was always willing to be of service to others and she spent much happy time as a Girl Guide leader, keeping the books for St. Anthony's parish and with the IODE. She was especially proud of the pin she received in recognition of 25 years of service to the CWL. Pearl will be sadly missed by he son Jim (Shirley) of Chilliwack, B.C.; by her daughter Lynda (Colin) Dykes of Red Deer; by her grandchildren Lori Stocco of Calgary, Blair and Neal Dykes of Vancouver; and by her step-grandchildren Allison Searle of Calgary, Cameron (Sarah) Searle of Calgary and Kim Searle of Calgary. Pearl is survived and lovingly remembered by her sisters and brothers -- Bessie Sanderson of Toronto, Percy (Carol) Hill of Bramalea, Ontario, Elsie Dickson of Medicine Hat, Lorne Hill of Tottenham, Ontario and Irene (Fred Leech) of Richmond Hill, Ontario and by many cousins and friends, all of whom mourn her passing. Funeral Services were held at St. Anthony's Church in Drumheller on August 29, 2003 at 11 a.m.